Education and Skills in Asia: Responding to Greening Economies

  • Shanti Jagannathan
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Asia’s spectacular growth rates are accompanied by concerns regarding environmental sustainability as the region recorded marked adverse trends of reduced water and air quality, depleted natural resources, and threats to biodiversity. However, with the right policies and incentives, Asian economies can make greening the economy viable and profitable in the long term. Education and training have a crucial role to play in the successful transition of economies to green and clean development. Yet, there is no systematic and comprehensive approach to linking education and training policies with climate change adaptation, mitigation, and greening policies. Investing in education is a critical long-term strategy to facilitate changes in consumption and behavior patterns that contribute to sustainable and climate-resilient progress. The far-reaching influence of education and training in this sphere has so far been underestimated. The Rio+20 outcome document provides an opportunity to redress this. Analyzing issues related to skills for greening economies is the theme of this chapter.


Clean Development Mechanism Climate Change Adaptation Green Growth Clean Development Mechanism Project Green Economy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional and Sustainable Development DepartmentAsian Development BankMandaluyong, Metro ManilaPhilippines

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